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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil his final offer to Brexit on Wednesday, calling it a "fair and logical" settlement.

Johnson will make it clear that if Brussels does not respond to the proposal, Britain will not negotiate again and leave the EU on October 31.

In his closing remarks at the annual Conservative Party conference, Johnson will stick to his tough stance and provide the party with the first details of what he calls a "just and logical compromise."

With less than a month to go until the Brexit, the future of Britain's biggest trade and foreign policy shift in more than 40 years is uncertain.

Johnson, who says Britain will leave the bloc on October 31, no matter what the conference happens, will be told he will send his proposal to Brussels on Wednesday, in a bid to secure a deal that would facilitate his country's exit and avoid possible economic damage in the event of an agreement.

"My friends are afraid that after three and a half years people will feel that they are being manipulated like fools. They are beginning to suspect that there are forces in this country that do not want to get out of the EU," Johnson said in his speech. Absolutely ... Let's carry out the exit process on October 31 and then our country can move forward in 2020. "

More than three years ago, Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in 2016, but exit talks were in trouble, prompting then Prime Minister Theresa May to resign.

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In the statement, for the British prime ministers Mrs Theresa said ;

" We have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons," the prime minister said.
"The referendum was not fought along party lines and people I speak to on the doorstep tell me they expect their politicians to work together when the national interest demands it."
Getting a majority of MPs to back a Brexit deal was the only way for the UK to leave the EU, Mrs May said.
"The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all."

May pointed that after doing "everything in my power" to persuade her own party - and their backers in Northern Ireland's DUP - to approve the deal she agreed with the EU last year, she "had to take a new approach".

Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted she had to reach out to Labour in a bid to deliver Brexit or risk letting it "slip through our fingers".
In a her statement on Saturday night, Mrs May explained there was a "stark choice" of either leaving the European Union with a deal or not leaving at all.
Some Conservatives have criticised her for seeking Labour's help after MPs rejected her Brexit plan three times.

Mrs May has written to European Council President Donald Tusk to request an extension to the Brexit process until 30 June but says if MPs agree a deal, the UK should be able to leave before European parliamentary elections are held on 23 May.
She says the UK would prepare to field candidates in May's European Parliament elections if MPs failed to back a deal.

The UK is due to leave the EU on 12 April and, as yet, no withdrawal deal has been approved by the House of Commons.

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Monday, 17 December 2018 00:12

Will Brexit ever happen?

written by|Michael Blair

One could not make this shit up. Seriously. 


I have never witnessed such political stupidity from so many politicians at the same time. They seem to be on some kind of crusade of destruction, or under the influence of some prohibited substances. 
 
I know I have written recently on the subject of the UK leaving the UK, but recent events have changed my thinking on the way this is going. 
 
Everyone and their goldfish has an opinion on what the best way to handle leaving/remaining/leaving and still having ties with the EU/leaving and not looking back.... The list of variations goes on and on, and apparently without end.
 
Theresa May, Prime Minister, arranged to have five, yes five, days of debate in Parliament on Brexit, prior to a vote by all MPs. This debate droned on, without anyone outside the Parliamentary bubble, really paying attention. 
 
As the debate dragged itself toward a conclusion, we all began to notice that it was looking likely to be a serious defeat for the Prime Minister. 
Because this vote was on whether Parliament would back the exit deal negotiated by Theresa May and some elves, it was very important to her to win over the sceptics in her own party, and try to convince enough opposition MPs to vote in her favour. 
 
You can see why some people are walking around with eyes glazed and vacant expressions on their palid faces. 
 
This whole process is mind numbingly boring to everyone except the politicians who might have something to gain by posturing in certain ways at certain times, but changing their minds and postures depending to whom they were talking. 
 
So to resume. After all the days of tortuous wrangling, Tuesday 11th was vote day. The debate was still boring its way to a conclusion during Tuesday until Mrs May, knowing she was going to be on the wrong end of the vote, decided to postpone it, and head off to Europe to try to get some kind of concessions from the EU hierarchy and other interested parties, Angela Merkel being one. 
 
There was uproar at this news. Jeremy Corbyn spluttered some angry noises. MPs were outraged by this turn of events.
 
 None more so than the SNP members. Why, you wonder were they annoyed? Well, Ms Sturgeon had been making noises in the days of the EU parliamentary debate. Mostly about her being the only politician in the know world who could find a solution to the problem. 
 
In actual fact she had her own agenda. Well, all politicians have their own agendas as we know. Jeremy Corbyn was trying to engineer a General Election out of the EU chaos, without looking like that was what he was doing. A "D" minus for his attempt. 
Meanwhile, Mother Sturgeon was using the chaos to try to advance her case for another independence referendum in Scotland, but like Jeremy, she wasn't very good at subtlety. 
 
Her main objective was to get the Labour Party to agree to back her in a vote of no confidence in the government. Unfortunately, she or rather her Westminster MPs, aren't the official opposition, so when Corbyn decided he didn't want to be manipulated by the yapping Mother Sturgeon, he refused to call for the vote of no confidence. 
 
As you can imagine, this didn't do down well with the SNP or its support. The had counted on Labour to do what she said, but misjudged them not liking being told what to do by an over promoted councillor in Scotland. 
 
Considering what the SNP activists said and did to Labour politicians during the independence referendum, I'm not surprised they were not prepared to help. 
Corbyn is hoping to be Prime Minister if he can get the Conservative Party to replace Mrs May and force a General Election, and he doesn't need the "promise" of help from the SNP. They would happily back stab him if it suited their interests. 
 
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell don't want to be put in a position where if they are in government, they will be obliged to say yes to a request by the SNP for another independence referendum. 
 
As I have written frequently, Sturgeon doesn't want to be allowed to have another referendum, because she knows she can't win. So it suits her to play the "no one will allow me to call the independence referendum" card, making her look like a disappointed puppy. But making her Cult think it's Westminster stopping their dreams. 
 
You can see how complicated this is. Meanwhile, Theresa May has returned from her European jaunt, probably no better off than before she left, but it gives her time. Well, it did before this morning's news. Enough of her MPs have said they have no confidence in her leadership and there is going to be a no confidence vote tonight in Westminster by all of her MPs, to decide whether she should stay in the job, or not. 
 
We should have the answer to this by the end of the the evening,around 9:00pm. 
 
The vote was 300-117 in the Prime Minister's favour. 
Mrs May will stay on as the leader of the Conservative party and will obviously remain as Prime Minister. 
 
Hooray, I hear you call..... No? Oh well, no one can please all of the people all of the time. Or even some of the people some of the time.
 But as we are dealing with politicians, we will never know who voted for what. Why? Because they all lie. About everything. 
 
Regardless of who does what to whom, and why, we will be as much in the dark as ever. 
 
Finally, if any of this makes sense, I apologise. This was never my intention. 
 
PS... Nicola Sturgeon is ranting that everyone except her should be sacked, because she is the only person who can ruin the country completely. 
 

Reuters

EU leaders will not renegotiate Britain's Brexit deal, including the Irish border "backstop", their chairman Donald Tusk says after Prime Minister Theresa May put off a parliamentary vote on a package that was facing heavy defeat.


EU officials say European Council president Tusk could meet May as early as Tuesday to prepare talks on Brexit during a regular Brussels summit which May will attend on Thursday and Friday.

Tusk says he had scheduled a meeting of the other 27 leaders on Brexit, to be held at some point during the summit.

"We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop," he said on Twitter on Monday.

May had said she would go back to European neighbours to seek new reassurances about the insurance clause that would bind Britain into a customs union with the EU to avoid a hard EU border for troubled Northern Ireland.

May's domestic critics want a time limit on the backstop, but Dublin and its EU allies insist that it must be able to be used until some better way is found to avoid customs checks on the EU-UK land border while letting Britain escape EU rules.

EU officials said it was almost inconceivable that leaders would agree to reopen the withdrawal treaty they agreed with May two weeks ago, which includes the backstop.

They might agree to tweak the accompanying, non-binding political declaration on future relations, though even that was doubtful. Finally, they could issue a new declaration of intent to try and help May.

Tusk said only: "We are ready to discuss how to facilitate UK ratification."

But he also warned that the EU would forge ahead with preparing for there being no deal at all as it faces a Britain that seems incapable of forging a majority opinion on what kind of Brexit it wants - or even if it wants to leave at all.

"As time is running out, we will also discuss our preparedness for a no-deal scenario," Tusk said, referring to the fact that Britain will be out of the bloc on March 29, according to a treaty timetable, with or without a deal.

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Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday warned against parliament's rejection of Britain's EU  agreement known as the "Brexit" and said if parliament rejects her Brexit deal, it could leave Britain in the European Union and bring the opposition Labour Party to power.

The embattled leader's message came with her government fearing a heavy defeat in Tuesday's parliamentary vote on the draft withdrawal agreement she signed with Brussels last month.

Media reports said PM was under pressure from her cabinet to postpone the vote and even go to Brussels to secure further concessions before a planned summit with the 27 EU leaders on Thursday and Friday.

But Berkstoff's secretary, Stephen Barclay, told the BBC: "The voting is going ahead and continues."


PM Theresa May added Britain would "really be in uncharted waters"

if the text agreed after nearly two years of tortuous negotiations is voted down less than four months before the March 29 Brexit date.

"It would mean grave uncertainty for the nation with a very real risk of no Brexit," she told the Mail on Sunday.

She told the newspaper "Mail on Sunday":

 We have an opposition leader who is thinking of nothing but trying to hold a general election ... I think that Jeremy Corbyn  is challenging to hold on to the government and it is a danger we can not afford.

 

The British prime minister appears to be suffering from fears of failure, Labor's victory and the return of their leader, which means rejecting the idea of ​​a British exit

 

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:12

Brexit: Does Anyone Know What's Going On?

Writer| MICHAEL J BLAIR
Perthshire, Scotland

Now the dust is settling on the “final” Brexit document, the landscape is really no clearer than it was before.

Apparently the only person in the UK who thinks it’s the best outcome, is Theresa May. This doesn’t bode well for the vote which will take place in the House of Commons in a couple of weeks.

At this moment, Mrs May is touring round the country talking up her final draft. I suppose she’s trying to get her message over personally to the constituencies of her own MPs, and hope they can pressure them to back her plan. I suppose anything is worth a try at this point.

This is the plan which the EU is saying is the best and only one which the UK is going to get. The very fact that the EU is happy with the outcome of the negotiations, tells its own story.

Let’s look at the opposing forces who aren’t happy with the deal.

Corbyn’s Labour hate the EU and are happy to leave, but they can see the possibility of gaining an early general election by opposing the details of May’s plan. This is obviously chance-taking of the highest order. But it will be interesting to see how this strategy plays out.

Personally, I don’t think, despite the fact that Theresa May and the Conservative party are in turmoil, that a Labour Party led by Corbyn could actually win.

The majority of the public aren’t going to be happy voting for someone who is “friends with terrorists”.

The Liberal Democrats will never accept any kind of leaving the EU, so we can ignore them, just like everyone else does. I can’t even remember who is leading them this week.

May’s own party are remarkably united on the subject. That is, united against her plan, as it’s not nearly radical enough, and really isn’t Brexit. These are the hard line leavers, wanting borders closed, and immigration stopped.

The Prime Minister obviously has her loyal supporters but neither of them were around to be interviewed.

My thinking on the Conservative MPs who don’t agree with the final decision, is that it’s possible a lot of the noise they’re making, is for the benefit of their own constituency, and come the time of the vote in Parliament, they will vote, reluctantly, for the Prime Minister’s decision.

There will be some who never back Mrs May, regardless of what she negotiated, but that’s just the reality.

The DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) Northern Ireland, has been propping up the now minority Conservative Party on crucial votes in Parliament since the last general election, but they aren’t happy with May’s EU exit deal either.

I’m not sure if they can be “bribed” to support the government in the coming vote. But stranger things happen in politics.

Finally, I will come to the SNP.

Although they, also a minority administration, along with support of the Scottish Green Party, govern Scotland, they also have a presence in the UK Parliament.

Their MPs do not do very much at Westminster, other than embarrass Scotland with their juvenile antics and general stupidity.

Led by the corpulent and flatulent Ian Blackford, they show zero respect and we would all be better off if they sat outside and waved flags.

Their main objective is and always has been, independence for Scotland. So it’s no surprise to find them at this time, agitating for a say in the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

They claim, erroneously, that Scotland voted to stay in the EU. Unfortunately for them, the EU referendum was a UK wide vote. The decision was made in a democratic way and no amount of jumping up and down and whining is going to change the result.

They obviously know this, but because they can see a glimmer of hope that they will somehow wangle another independence referendum out of the chaos of Brexit.

This is wishful thinking on their part.

There is a campaign to have another vote on the EU referendum, called “the people’s vote”. This is quite ridiculous, as I’m fairly certain that “people” did the voting in the original referendum. Not that this piece of common sense makes any difference to them.

They are part of a generation who believe that democracy means that if the result of a vote goes against their beliefs, they can keep rerunning it until they get the decision they want.

The SNP has leapt onto this particular bandwagon with enthusiasm. They don’t really care about a second vote, but they think if they can align with Corbyn’s Labour, and there’s another general election which Labour might win, they might be allowed to hold another independence referendum.

There’s no end to the duplicity of this extremely shallow political party.

Back to the Labour Party camp, where although they don’t really want to stay in the EU, they will oppose whatever they believe will benefit them in the long term.

This is something the SNP don’t seem to have considered.

What if they vote with Labour on this plan, May loses badly and decides to hold a general election, and loses?

This puts Corbyn in 10 Downing Street and the SNP expect him to grant them the holy grail of the second independence referendum, and he doesn’t?

Where do they go from there?

I expect this will be a hammer blow to Mother Sturgeon and Chubby Blackford.

Their hopes dashed, all they will have left is the rout of the next Scottish election.

Finally, whatever happens in the next two weeks very little will change for the average person.

The poor will still be poor. The rich will probably be richer.

The politicians will be paid regardless of their actions and backstabbing ways.

The Labour Party will still be trying to convince us that we will be better off with communism.

The Liberal Democrats will still be an irrelevance.

The Conservatives will still be trying to convince us that they aren’t really nasty.

And finally, the SNP will still be holding onto every grievance and jumping up and down like spoiled teenagers losing their internet privileges.

Keep smiling because it’s only going to get worse!

London- Castle Journal


British Prime Minister Theresa May commented and described the U.S president Donald Trump concerns about Britain's Brexit agreement that has been approved by all 27 remaining European Union leaders last Sunday, with "the unhelpful".

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